Sappho Sings

Here SAPPHO SINGS in her own words Ancient phrases become the warp and weave of an intricate tapestry so delicately woven it becomes impossible to distinguish the imported threads from the weaver s own Readers familiar with the myriad translations of the few fragmented lines of Sappho s work left available to us may recognize a word here or a conjunct there but, as one rHere SAPPHO SINGS in her own words Ancient phrases become the warp and weave of an intricate tapestry so delicately woven it becomes impossible to distinguish the imported threads from the weaver s own Readers familiar with the myriad translations of the few fragmented lines of Sappho s work left available to us may recognize a word here or a conjunct there but, as one renowned expert in antiquities discovered, the author has herself become the voice of The Poetess to the extent that invented passages read like newly discovered wonders from the past.
Sappho Sings Here SAPPHO SINGS in her own words Ancient phrases become the warp and weave of an intricate tapestry so delicately woven it becomes impossible to distinguish the imported threads from the weaver s ow

  • Title: Sappho Sings
  • Author: Peggy Ullman Bell
  • ISBN: 9781438214313
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Sappho Sings”

    1. While not a genre I usually prefer, I find this very well written. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself.

    2. The historical Sappho, about whom we sadly know so little, was known in her time as The Poetess, and fittingly Peggy Ullman Bell has made this fictional biography a work full of beauty and poetry. The novel is strewn with verse by Sappho herself and by her literary descendants, like Byron and Swinburne, each piece perfect for where it resides along the garden path of the story. This is a lovely, sensitive interpretation of the poet's life, and the included poetry makes it a veritable garden of d [...]

    3. Out of a mere handful of facts known about the life of a lyric poet so famous in her lifetime (or shortly after it) that she was known as the 10th Muse and from the bare thousand or so lines left to us out of nine volumes of collected works, Peggy Ullman Bell has distilled an appropriately lyrical novel of the life of the woman known as The Poetess (as Homer was known simply as The Poet). Like certain modern celebrities, Sappho has barely the single title and name: her writing was vivid, deeply [...]

    4. SAPPHO SINGS is a substantially augmented and enhanced version of my fictionalized biography of The Poetess of Lesbos, previously published in part as PSAPPHA, a novel of SapphoAlthough long dead, Psappha, as Sappho called herself in her own soft Aeolian dialect is and has been the love of my life for over 40 years. In my heart and mind she lives, loves and laughs.Writing her story has been my profound joy.

    5. This is one of my favorites. All I knew about Sappho when I started to read it, was that somehow her name was used to describe "sapphic love" (lesbianism). She called herself Psappha, and she lived, taught, and wrote on the ancient island of Lesbos. She was known far and wide in her time as the Poetess" This is a wonderful historical and reminds me of Mary Renault's writings about Alexander.

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